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UW Publication Summarizes Four-Year Health Study in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana

June 17, 2011

 A new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) summarizes a four-year project that focused on helping people take responsibility for their own health and assisted communities in creating environments that foster good health.

Wellness IN the Rockies (WIN the Rockies) was a community-based research, intervention and outreach project funded in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

The project ( emphasized a focus on health and not weight, and results reflect how people think about food, physical activity and their bodies. For example, the project found that frugality and thrift can drive many to overeat in trying to get their money's worth or to not waste food.

Other results include:

  • Doing other activities while eating -- such as working at a computer or watching TV -- termed "distracted eating" -- was associated with higher body mass indexes in adults.
  • Moderate physical activity can act as a gateway to other healthy behaviors.
  • Several women shared life stories about weight gain being a shield or form of protection from unwelcome advances or attention - in a physical or emotional sense.

The publication is available online by going to, clicking on Publications on the left-hand side, Search Bulletins, then entering MP-112.7 in the Publication Number field.

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